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Low Fuel Light - How far can you go?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Negative1, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Jun 3, 2009 at 12:21 PM
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    Negative1

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    I'm curious to know how far you can ride once the low fuel light has come on?
    My beast is an 09 4.0L Access Cab 4x4 manual transmission..

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Jun 3, 2009 at 12:25 PM
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    topgun155

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    Toyota says the tank holds 21 gal, but even with the light on I can only put 18 or 19 in max. So I figure you have 20-40 miles with the light on. I just don't feel like testing it out.
     
  3. Jun 3, 2009 at 12:26 PM
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    TacoNut

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    Fwiw the fuel pump uses the fuel in the tank to keep it cool... running below 1/4 tank frequently can cause it to burn out pre-maturley
     
  4. Jun 3, 2009 at 12:30 PM
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    Incognito

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    I never keep my truck below half a tank, just incase. ;) Also, the psychological part of keeping it above half a tank is that it feels like you're not emptying your wallet on one fillup. :D
     
  5. Jun 3, 2009 at 12:32 PM
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    Untamed_SS

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    I think it only has three gallons left when the light comes on. So however far you think you can get with three gallons. But i'm not testing it out. :D
     
  6. Jun 3, 2009 at 12:33 PM
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    topgun155

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    Really I had no idea I hate getting gas and only go when I have to but now I might have to make myself go and fill up. Thankks for that info.
     
  7. Jun 3, 2009 at 12:33 PM
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    beastlytaco

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    i would say about 40 miles till your truck turns off. Which for fuel injected engines is TERRIBLE. it will mess up your engine if your truck just shuts off with no more gas
     
  8. Jun 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM
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    I have drove about 40 miles with it on. I was sweatin! lol
     
  9. Jun 3, 2009 at 2:13 PM
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    DDD

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    Next time the light comes on, fill up your tank. If you put in 17 gal. in then you know that when the light comes on you still have 4 gal. in there.

    that should give you an idea on how far you can go.

    I have an auto trans, one time the light came on at 330 miles and I kept driving to 400 miles. Usually it comes on between 300 and 330 and I fill up at 340.
     
  10. Jun 3, 2009 at 2:16 PM
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    I'd say at most I'd only go 30-40 (I'll do 25 when it hits but I still don't like it). If you get stuck in traffic or gotta go up some mad inclines and such.... eh why risk it. You don't want to be that moron on the side of the road that forgot to fill up.
     
  11. Jun 3, 2009 at 2:40 PM
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    My last fill up I put 20 gallons in!
     
  12. Jun 3, 2009 at 2:46 PM
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    lsocoee

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    I'd say about 60 highway miles unloaded. I average about 20mpg and normally have about 3 gallons left when the light goes on. I've never pushed it beyond 30 miles.
     
  13. Jun 3, 2009 at 2:49 PM
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    Viking88

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    I bought my truck new in Idaho and drove it home to NJ. Let me tell you, when that light comes on crossing Wyoming, you panic because you might not see another exit with gas for 30-40 miles. I know from expereince!
     
  14. Jun 3, 2009 at 3:01 PM
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    According to my Scangauge, about 50-60 miles.

    I've been within 20 but never ran out.
     
  15. Jun 3, 2009 at 3:07 PM
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    Reminds me of Kramer and the BMW salesman...How far can we go on the yellow light!
     
  16. Jun 3, 2009 at 3:12 PM
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    do the first gens have a low fuel light?
     
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    Yes

    It's funny....but the 2nd gen light comes on far before the needle reaches the Empty line.

    On the 1st gens (from what I remember on my old truck), the light came on almost when it was ONTOP the Empty line. I remember driving until the needle was like 1/8" below the empty line.
     
  18. Jun 3, 2009 at 5:43 PM
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    4.0 gal left when low fuel light comes on.... I've checked it out several times... I usually get 20 MPG so I have a range of 80 miles when the light comes on...
     
  19. Jun 3, 2009 at 5:45 PM
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    Hit the nail on the head.
     
  20. Jun 3, 2009 at 6:21 PM
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    mine must be broken cuz ive had it about 1/16th of an inch below the e and didnt see a light
     
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